Biography

Beth Neil is a Professor of Social Work, Director of Research and Chair of the Research Ethics Committee for the School of Social Work. Before joining the Department as a Ph.D. student in 1996 (progressing to lecturer in 1999 and senior lecturer in 2007) she worked for several years in social care in social work. She teaches on qualifying and post-qualifying social work programmes and supervises Ph.D. students. Her research interests are in the field of adoption including post-adoption contact, birth relatives’ perspectives on adoption, post adoption support, and adoptive parent recruitment.

 

All Publications

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Cossar, J., Neil, E.

(2015)

Service User Involvement in Social Work Research: Learning from an Adoption Research Project

in British Journal of Social Work

45.

pp. 225-240

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Neil, E., Beek, M., Ward, E.

(2015)

Contact after Adoption: A longitudinal study of post adoption contact arrangements

Coram BAAF

ISBN ISBN 978 1 910039 33 5

UEA Repository

(Book)


Neil, B., Beek, M., Ward, E.

(2014)

Contact after Adoption: A longitudinal study of adopted young people and their adoptive parents and birth relatives

BAAF

ISBN 9781910039137

UEA Repository

(Book)


Neil, E.

(2013)

The mental distress of the birth relatives of adopted children: 'disease' or 'unease'? Findings from a UK study

in Health and Social Care in the Community

21.

pp. 191-199

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Cossar, J., Neil, E.

(2013)

Making sense of siblings: connections and severances in post-adoption contact

in Child and Family Social Work

18.

pp. 67-76

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Clifton, J., Neil, E.

(2013)

Success factors in adopter recruitment: Insights from adoption agency social work managers and marketing officers

Centre for Research on Children and Families, UEA

(Commissioned report)


Neil, B., Beek, M., Ward, E.

(2013)

Contact after adoption: a follow-up in late adolescence

Centre for Research on Children and Families, UEA

UEA Repository

(Book)


Neil, E.

(2012)

Making sense of adoption: integration and differentiation from the perspective of adopted children in middle childhood

in Children and Youth Services Review

34.

pp. 409-416

UEA Repository

(Article)


Neil, E., Cossar, J., Jones, C., Lorgelly, P., Young, J.

(2011)

Supporting direct contact after adoption

BAAF

ISBN 978-1-907585-05-0

UEA Repository

(Book)


Cossar, J., Neil, E.

(2010)

Supporting the Birth Relatives of Adopted Children: How Accessible Are Services?

in British Journal of Social Work

40.

pp. 1368

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Neil, E.

(2010)

The benefits and challenges of direct post-adoption contact: perspectives from adoptive parents and birth relatives

in Aloma

27.

pp. 89-115

UEA Repository

(Article)


Neil, E., Cossar, J., Lorgelly, P., Young, J.

(2010)

Helping Birth Families: Services, costs and outcomes

British Association of Adoption and Fostering

UEA Repository

(Book)


Neil, E.

(2009)

The corresponding experiences of adoptive parents and birth relatives in open adoptions

Wiley

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Neil, E., Wrobel, G.

(2009)

International advances in adoption research for practice

Wiley

UEA Repository

(Book)


Wrobel, G., Neil, E.

(2009)

Connecting research to practice

Wiley

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Young, J., Neil, E.

(2009)

Contact after adoption

BAAF

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Neil, E. C.

(2009)

Post-Adoption Contact and Openness in Adoptive Parents' Minds: Consequences for Children's Development

in British Journal of Social Work

39.

pp. 5-23

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Neil, E.

(2008)

Guest Editorial

in Adoption Quarterly

10.

pp. 1-2

UEA Repository

(Article)


Neil, E.

(2008)

Supporting post adoption contact for children adopted from care: a study of social workers' attitudes

in Adoption Quarterly

10.

pp. 3-28

UEA Repository

(Article)


Neil, E. C.

(2007)

Coming to terms with the loss of a child: the feelings of birth parents and grandparents about adoption and post-adoption contact.

in Adoption Quarterly

10.

pp. 1-23

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


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Key Research Interests

Beth Neil has directed a number of funded research projects in the field of adoption. These have included two major studies: the longitudinal “Contact after Adoption” study which has followed a group of adoptive birth families over 18 years from 1996 to 2013, and the “Researching Adoption Support” study which explored support services for birth relatives, and agency support for direct contact arrangements (2005-2010). Key themes in her research have been around the management of psychological issues for adopted children and young people, birth relatives and adoptive parents. Her research has contributed to policy and practice affecting adopted children and their birth and adoptive families.

Current and recent research research projects:

Success factors in adopter recruitment: Insights from adoption agency social work managers and marketing offices (2013)

Contact after adoption (Three phases 1996-2000, 2002-2004, 2012-13)

Researching Adoption Support (2005-10)